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Toomey wants to impeach PA Supreme Court judges for overturning gerrymandered map

Sen. Toomey On Lagging Health Care Reform: ‘I Didn’t Expect Donald Trump To Win’

This piece of shit Republican pretty much admits members of his party can’t win unless they cheat:

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey (R) called for a “conversation” about impeaching state Supreme Court justices over their new congressional map, which both parties say will benefit Democrats.

At a press conference, Toomey said it was “inevitable” that state lawmakers would consider impeachment over the redrawing of the state’s new congressional maps, which he called a “power grab” by state Democrats.

“Look, I think it’s inevitable that that conversation’s going to take place,” Toomey said. “I think state House members and state senators are going to be speaking amongst themselves and their constituents, and the fundamental question is does this blatant, unconstitutional, partisan power grab that undermines our electoral process, does that rise to the level of impeachment?”

The new map released this week redraws congressional boundaries, throwing out a map written by Republicans that gerrymandered lines to benefit their party. Ten of the state’s 13 districts are now held by Republicans.

Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are expected to sue to overturn the new maps, which were put in place by the state’s Supreme Court after Democrats and Republicans in the state were unable to agree on a new map.

Here are the numbers where PA residents can call and let this ginger twat know what they think of his extreme views.

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Russian trolls, etc.

No one can tell Russian bots from average trolls on Twitter, and that’s a very bad thing

I’m feeling sadly vindicated today. Because I worked for David Brock for four weeks during the primaries, I was labeled a “Hillary shill” when I talked about the Russian trolls on Twitter.

It wasn’t as if it was subtle. And I had a pretty reliable trick for confirming their origins.

Anyway, so here we are. The Russian trolls were told to attack Clinton, but not Trump, Sanders, or Stein — because it was useful to divide the Democratic party. And it did a good job suppressing minority turnout in the general.

I wish it hadn’t worked, but here we are.

This specific indictment says it provides no proof the Russians affected election results; I think that’s coming.

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Tillerson says we can’t stop 2018 Russia election meddling

TILLERSON ADMIRED COLOMBIAN AID TO VENEZUELA REGARDING ANTI-DRUG EFFORTS

Rex Tillerson told Fox News in Bogota, Columbia yesterday that there’s virtually nothing the U.S. can do to stop Russia if they decide to meddle in our 20148 elections. This is the kind of leadership Trump has brought to our State Department and the country. Since Trump has cozied up to Putin as if he’s his… Continue Reading →

Cyber chief: Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems

Japanese exchange says hackers stole over $400M in cryptocurrency

Via NBC News. Of course they did. And deleting names from registration rolls won’t leave a trace, because the names cease to exist and states don’t use audit trails:

The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she couldn’t talk about classified information publicly, but in 2016, “We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated.”

Jeh Johnson, who was DHS secretary during the Russian intrusions, said, “2016 was a wake-up call and now it’s incumbent upon states and the Feds to do something about it before our democracy is attacked again.”

Watch Cynthia McFadden on Nightly News tonight for more

“We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government.”

NBC News reported in Sept. 2016 that more than 20 states had been targeted by the Russians.

There is no evidence that any of the registration rolls were altered in any fashion, according to U.S. officials.

In a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll, 79 percent of the respondents said they were somewhat or very concerned that the country’s voting system might be vulnerable to computer hackers.

SCOTUS refuses Pennsylvania gerrymandering case

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I was really worried they were going to ram this through, but I’m pleasantly surprised!

WASHINGTON — The United States Supreme Court on Monday refused to stop Pennsylvania’s highest court from requiring lawmakers there to redraw the state’s congressional map, which the state court had found to be marred by partisan gerrymandering.

The Supreme Court’s order was expected, as the Pennsylvania court had based its decision solely on the state constitution. On matters of state law, the judgments of state supreme courts are typically final.

The order, which gave no reasons, came from Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who acted without referring the case to the full court.

The Supreme Court has been busy lately addressing cases on partisan gerrymandering, in which the party in power draws voting districts to give its candidates lopsided advantages. It is considering two such cases, from Wisconsin and Maryland, and has intervened in a third one, from North Carolina. But all of those cases were decided by federal courts.

The latest decision, from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, struck down the state’s congressional map, saying it “clearly, plainly and palpably” violated the state’s Constitution. The court told state lawmakers to redraw the state’s 18 House districts, which currently favor Republicans, and it left open the possibility that it would impose its own map.

‘Trump is ours again’

Kremlin Chimes & Onion Domes of St. Basil’s in Winter

Americans may be furious that Donald Trump is putting Russian interests before ours by refusing to implement bipartisan sanctions designed to punish Russia for meddling in our election on his behalf – but Russian state television hosts sure are happy about it. Continue Reading →

Is Trump a greater threat than Nixon?

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Go read Greg Sargent:

To be clear, Watergate involved criminality, which very well may not end up getting documented in the case of Trump or his top aides. And it’s also very possible that Trump will not end up trying to remove Mueller. But as Weiner pointed out to me, Trump has already waged war on the Justice Department in ways that have already been “extraordinarily reckless and dangerous for nigh on to a year.” And it’s too early to know how much more damage might be wrought, since we can’t predict the consequences of the differences between the Nixon era and our own — particularly that massive propaganda network and the influence it could have on Trump and/or congressional Republicans.

“We are seeing a repeat of Watergate at warp speed,” Weiner tells me. “If Trump moves to tear down the temple by firing Mueller and Rosenstein and putting in a platoon of stooges in charge of the administration of justice, and if Congress does nothing, then it will be beyond anything that Watergate presented.”

Sure, maybe none of this will end up happening. But go read David Leonhardt’s compilation of all the things Trump has already done to obstruct justice, and tell me whether you think that’s a slam-dunk bet.

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